Saturday, February 9, 2013

Saudi Arabia Cultural Sharing

Here are some shots from my latest project with Park University's ISS. The concept is very simple: a series of portraits about Saudi Arabia needed for a Cultural Sharing event. 
We shot women in traditional clothing, miscellaneous objects from the Saudi Culture and couple of Saudi guys in contemporary attire...
The shot happened in an improvised studio space with a black backdrop, 2 continuous day light balanced light sources through umbrellas and a third SB600 strobe also shot through an umbrella. Camera Nikon D600 fitted with the 50mm f/1.8 D. Settings: 1/125 and f/4-5.6

Miao the Saxophone Player

This is Miao's graduation recital. I tried to capture it in the order that it happened with the warming up, checking up the hall for audience, some action shots and finish off with professional musician portraits...
I used the D600 fitted with the new 50mm f/1.8G and as a backup my second body, a D5100 with the 25-85 VR f/3.5-4.5 G. Obviously the D600 was the workhorse and I am amazed at the cleanliness of the high ISO images this camera delivers. The D5100 high ISO is not as impressive in this particular lighting scenario.
Since it was a live performance in a large concert venue I couldn't setup strobes and light and had to rely on the existing stage light. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Spring is in the air...

Very good weather for this past couple of days here in Kansas City. We took advantage of this and shot Vicky with her new outfit using my new lens, the 50mm f/1.8G
I love it! The focus is fast, build quality top notch and super duper sharp. Also I just love the smooth focus ring which comes so handy when doing video with the D600.
The lighting conditions were pretty harsh as you can see and I'm pleased by the dynamic range and depth that the D600 captured.
I've tried some fill in flash but I couldn't make it work, even with EV -2. Firstly I would get small apertures f/11 - f/16 and all my shallow depth of field was gone. Secondly, with larger aperture the photo would be completely over exposed.
In this case a reflector would be the best tool for the job since it would direct light where I want without overexposing or forcing me to bend my creative vision to all in focus type look f/16.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Vicky with the Cinderella Syndrome :)

Quick shoot with my best and most available model, my wife Vicky. Very simple setup, D600 with the 50mm f/1.8 D, available light... Soon getting the 50mm f/1.8 G. Very curious to see the difference. All shot at f/1.8